Q&A with Aks2tal: Putting data to work through collaborative partnerships
Aks2tal is a company that produces and delivers environmentally friendly products, equipment and solutions to support a better indoor environment, with a specific focus on reduction of dust.
Company founder Allan Schmidt spoke to us about how they are looking to benefit from the building of an app to gather relevant data insights from all the variables they need to work with, and how they are looking to build on their recent participation at the HelloScience “LiveLab” on Sustainable Cleaning.
Q: Allan, tell us about your journey with HelloScience and your experience with the “Future of Cleaning“ LiveLab.
A: At the LiveLab, many competent and skilled companies from the hygiene and cleaning industry participated, and they came with a wide range of inspiration and knowledge.
The LiveLab was professional, there was control of the moderator and a redline throughout the process, despite the fact that it was new for many of us to do a presentation that could minimize the spread of Corona in 3 minutes via Skype – but we managed!.
All the material from HelloScience has been high quality and the follow-up has also exceeded my expectations. In terms of some concrete outcomes, not only were we introduced to both HelloScience through Forenede Service, (FS), which is a partner, but also Novozymes.
And with the ongoing focus on Covid-19, we are really excited that those conversations have turned into an initial pilot project with ourselves, ISS, Gladsaxe Municipality, Forenede Service and Novozymes. The aim is to use our App that we have developed to communicate, document and keep track on data that is generated when we put Novozymes probiotic cleaning solutions into a “real-world” environment.
Q: What excites you most about moving into real world problem solving?
A: Aks2tal can contribute with test methods and support fact-based implementation, as we have knowledge across different cleaning environments.
To succeed, it is important to forge ties between the world of research and the everyday lives of those user cleaning solutions. What has impressed and excited me the most is the sheer level of enthusiasm and high spirits of everyone involved and the “can-do” attitude they all bring.
Q: With the pilot testing you are now doing with your IoT App. Can you explain how it all works?
The aks2tal app’s purpose is to create a cost-effective solution to support indoor climate processes, based around documentation and data driven actions. This can be applied for quality assurance reporting for example by environmental organizations, for veterinary control or for labor inspection – or in schools, offices, nursing homes.
To support this, we have developed the following feature sets:
Since we work with dust reduction and cleaning, we have repeatedly experienced that floor washing machines that are not maintained, or cleaned will not function properly, or worse, not at all.
So we developed a simple visual error reporting system where anyone with the app can take pictures, describe and report errors which can then be discussed and resolved internally.
This solution is good for example if you work on 3 team shifts and there are only service people on one shift. So instead of spending a long time describing it in words, you can take a photo that you have no doubt about what the error is and categorize them more easily.
We have developed a simple checklist feature where you can create a template to automate the cleaning audit process. Here you can have your quality system, cleaning plan etc., and if you exceed the planned deadline, the user will be notified by email.
Cleaning log with stock:
Here, cleaning staff can help monitor and record the state of the area that has been cleaned, and informed by email on when a product reorder is needed so that the right amount of cleaning solution is used in relation to getting the optimal indoor climate.
This gives the opportunity to provide personal access to one or more departments, companies and the like. as required.
Sensor (IoT) data collection:
We have developed a set of sensors that can collect data on e.g. dust (pm10, / pm2.5), CO2, temperature and more to document the effect of applying a cleaning process or solution.
In addition, we can create reports that can be audited at weekly meetings and used as documentation to authorities and the like.
We are also currently working on a geofencing check-in system to document that, for example, the cleaning staff were at the location when they checked in, to create trust between customer and supplier. This creates an overview for a manager whose staff is out in many locations.
For all functions, you can have the app notify you if the function is not performed or if there is a limit value that is exceeded.
The app is structured in such a way that it is easy to work in, with a flat structure, you decide which levels to give access to. Here, both user and customer can follow to perform the task, so you can be at the forefront and remedy any problems before they arise.
When we put all these pieces together we effectively create an information ecosystem, and we hope that this will enable some great results for everyone participating – including seeing how Novozymes new probiotic cleaners perform.